A warning has gone out about a town centre beggar dubbed Pound Man II.
The Examiner reported earlier this month about an aggressive beggar who prowls supermarket car parks demanding £1 for his bus fare home.
The man, nicknamed Pound Man, was reported at supermarkets including Sainsbury’s at Shorehead in Huddersfield, Tesco Extra and Asda in Batley, Sainsbury’s in Dewsbury and Morrison’s in Heckmondwike.
Now another man has been spotted trying a similar scam – close to Dewsbury’s Poundland store.
Writing on Facebook Jill Dexter told how she saw a man wearing a black leg brace and using a metal hospital-style walking stick stopping people in Dewsbury town centre on Wednesday, a busy market day.
The man was asking for £1 to help him get to Dewsbury District Hospital but she said he was obviously a faker.
The beggar was in the Princess of Wales Precinct near the Argos store – a couple of doors away from Poundland – and Jill said: “Do not give these scammers your money.”
Pound Man is said to have been around for up to 10 years and started out asking for 50p before upping his demands to £1.
He often targets lone women going back to their cars, intimidating them into handing over money.
He is also said to hang around the car parks at Dewsbury District Hospital.
The man often says he needs the money to pay for his bus fare to Leeds or York and has even claimed his partner is about to give birth at hospital and he needs to be with her.
West Yorkshire Police is investigating and has urged anyone approached by beggars to report it via the non-emergency 101 number.
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